The Criminal Justice System: A Tough-On-Crime Approach

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A ‘tough-on-crime’ approach is increasingly taking up legal, political and social discourse however, it is having limited effects on preventing rates of offending in society. A ‘tough-on-crime’ approach and increased severity of crime in the long run severely impacts the criminal justice system and fails overall to act as a deterrent compared to other criminal justice methods. This perception of an increased severity of punishment is created through the media which creates moral panics and forces changes in legislature, this can have a vast impact on the first point of contact, the police force. However, it also limits the overall ability of the court system to enforce a sentence effectively and equally, this can be seen through the implementation

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